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Man shot to death in mini-market in central town of Jatt

Masked shooter enters store and fires three shots, hitting 26-year-old, in latest criminal killing in an Arab Israeli community

Illustrative: Police in Tel Aviv, on May 1, 2021. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)
Illustrative: Police in Tel Aviv, on May 1, 2021. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

A 26-year-old man was shot to death in a mini-market in the central town of Jatt on Thursday night.

Hebrew media identified the victim as Haani Musratti, from the nearby town of Jaljulia. Both communities are in the so-called “triangle” of Arab Israeli towns that abut the West Bank in central Israel.

A masked shooter entered the store, fired three shots at Musratti, then fled the scene on a motorbike, reports said.

He was severely wounded by the gunfire and rushed to the Hillel Yaffe Medical Center in Hadera, where he was declared dead.

The killing was thought to be related to a dispute between two families, the Ynet news site reported.

Police were scouring the scene of the killing for evidence and searching for suspects.

Arab Israeli communities have seen a surge in violence in recent years, driven mainly, but not exclusively, by organized crime.

Arab Israelis blame the police, who they say have failed to crack down on powerful criminal organizations and largely ignore the violence, which includes family feuds, mafia turf wars, and violence against women.

The Abraham Initiatives, which monitors and campaigns against violence in the Arab community, say that 29 Arab Israelis and one Palestinian have been killed in Israel as a result of violence and crime this year. Among them, 17 have been below the age of 30.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Public Security Minister Omer Barlev have repeatedly vowed to crack down on the violence, as well as on illegal weapons.

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